[B-Greek] Jude 1
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Fri Nov 28 06:36:00 EST 2008
On Wed 26 Nov 2008 (19:50:36), rhutchin at aol.com wrote:
> In Jude 1, we read,
> TOIS EN QEW(i) PATRI HGAPHMENOIS KAI IHSOU XRISTW(i) TETHRHMENOIS
> I read this as ââ¦EN QEW(i)â¦KAI (EN)â¦XRISTW(i)â¦â and it
> appears to me
> that Jude is writing TOIS KLHTOIS but he inserts the modifying language
> to distinguish the KLHTOIS from TIVES ANQRWPOI in v4 of whom he is
> greatly concerned.
The Greek text of Jude 1:1 appears to be solid, with the exception of
hHGIASMENOIS for HGAPHMENOIS in some later MSS (K L P and some miniscules).
This appears to be an assimilation with 1 Corinthians 1:2.
> However, the various translations I have read all treat the modifying
> insertion, EN QEW(i) PATRI HGAPHMENOIS KAI IHSOU XRISTW(i)
> very casually, as if the phrase could have been omitted easily without
> consequence, or so it seems to me.
This is explained in BW Metzger's /A Textual Commentary on the Greek
New Testament/, second edition, p 657. [KAI IHSOU CRISTWi TETHRHMENOIS].
"The omission of these words in a few witnesses was occasioned by
parablepsis, owing to homoeoteleuton (HGAP-HMENOIS ... TETHR-HMWNOIS)."
We need look no further than this IMHO.
> Should we read the opening verse in Jude as setting up a contrast
> between the KLHTOIS and TIVES ANQRWPOI in v4 so that a more forceful
> translation of v1 might be in order (if that is possible)? Is the Greek
> text pregnant with meaning or am I asking an innocent text to do
> something the author did not intend for it to do?
If this were the case, then we might expect there to be some sort of
Chiasmus in the structure of the opening verses of Jude, which there is not.
What we have is a standard From/To opening address and greeting, before
launching into the subject matter if the epistle.
Jude is addressing the faithful in Christ, warning them of the TINHS
ANQRWPOI who were preaching a nvery different message. Jude could not be
any more adamant against them than he already is.
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF ZFC Re
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